[ UK /ænsˈɛstɹə‍l/ ]
[ US /ænˈsɛstɹəɫ/ ]
  1. inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent
    hereditary monarchy
    transmissible tradition
    ancestral home
    patrimonial estate
    ancestral lore
  2. of or belonging to or inherited from an ancestor
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How To Use ancestral In A Sentence

  • These populations offer a unique opportunity to monitor evolutionary dynamics in ancestral populations that harbor multiple strains of Wolbachia.
  • Although sequence similarities among some of the rod and hook proteins were noted in early analyses 24, the degree of paralogy for the ancestral set of flagellar genes, and its implications for the origins of the bacterial flagellum, have gone unrecognized. Update on PNAS flagellum paper - The Panda's Thumb
  • Modern Hopis and Navajos parade as hoary traditionalists, rightful stewards by ancestral occupance.
  • Images of their son's rugged ancestral homeland were beamed into millions of American homes before the election. Times, Sunday Times
  • These three writers can be viewed along a continuum of historical reckoning and self-identification, from complete self-negation and self-hatred, to a more holistic historical reckoning and ancestral identification.
  • When someone died, the kahuna aumakau (priest of the appropriate ancestral deity) of the dead person came and ritually sacrificed a pig or a chicken to ensure that the soul would live with its ancestors.
  • When combined in the ancestral background, the two mutations had an additive effect, leading to a net increase of 17% relative to the ancestor.
  • If we leap far enough, all the genes will be copies of one single gene in our ancestral population.
  • As the Haluk expanded throughout their star-cluster, the allomorphic cycles of individuals lost their ancestral synchrony. Sagittarius Whorl
  • _Peneus_ with its long direct development gave the best and truest picture of the ancestral history of the Malacostraca, and that accordingly the nauplius and the zoaea larvæ represented important ancestral stages. Form and Function A Contribution to the History of Animal Morphology
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